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The Hill in Hampstead
Fabulous colonaded gardens on the fringes of Hampstead Heath.
Location: Inverforth Close, North End Way, Hampstead, NW11 7EX
Description: The Hill is a house on Hampstead Heath sitting in about 3.5 hectares of splendid gardens designed by Thomas Mawson using fill from Northern Line excavations. The site was first laid out in 1896 and redeveloped in about 1910.
The Pergola Walk, linking the formal gardens of the main house and the more gentle lawns of the lower garden is the main feature. The gardens exhibit a rare example of the period 1910-1925, with a unique atmosphere of mellowed classicism.
The dramatic contrast between the towering trees of West Heath and exotic plants climbing the graceful Pergola offers a unique experience.
Designed by Mawson for Lord Leverhulme they are now managed by the local borough council. Thomas Mawson was the first president of the Institute of Landscape Architects and worked in the Arts and Crafts style.
The pergola and gardens were restored and opened to the public in 1963 as 'The Hill Gardens'. Site is open to the public but opening may be limited.